7 May, 2013, Washington, D.C.: In early May, the United Nation's Humanitarian Chief, Valerie Amos spoke at an event hosted by the Middle East Institute that focused on the international humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. Photo: Middle East Institute.
7 May, 2013, Washington D.C.: "The world ... is facing a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and a real risk that the conflict will spill across the region, escalating into a political and security disaster that will overwhelm all of us," Ms Amos said. Photo: Middle East Institute.
13 April 2013, Aleppo City, Syria: "Inside Syria itself ordinary people are paying the price of the failure of the international community to end the conflict," Ms Amos told the Middle East Institute. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell
13 April 2013, Aleppo City, Syria: "The stories of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law are truly horrific," Ms Amos said. "The brutal conflict is not only shattering Syria's present: it is also destroying its future.". Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell
7 May, 2013, Washington D.C.: "(The) parties to the conflict must be reminded of their obligation to protect civilians; to provide access to humanitarian workers; to protect hospitals and other medical facilities (and) to ensure the safe access of aid organizations to those in need." Photo: Middle East Institute
13 April 2013, Aleppo City, Syria: 7 May, 2013, Washington D.C.: "The important thing for us is that humanitarian aid has got to remain true to its principles," continued Ms Amos. "It has got to be about trying to get to the people who most need help." Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell
December 2012, Turkey: "We are now looking at a situation where by the end of the year, if we do not find a political solution to this crisis, we may have up to 3.5 million refugees," said Ms Amos. "The number of people inside the country needing our help has already sky-rocketed to 6.8 million people." Credit: UNHCR/B. Sokol
7 May, 2013, Washington D.C.: "The violence has got to stop and I think it is important that we recognize that if we do not do that, I think history will judge us very harshly, because we will be seen as having stood by while Syria burns." Photo: Middle East Institute